Dutch

Almond letter “S” (for Sinterklaas)

Almond puff pastry letter

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Sinterklaas. I have written about this old Dutch tradition several times before but if you’re new here, here’s the gist: Sinterklaas is a very old saint (like 700 years old) who lives in Spain…

Pepernoten

pepernoten

This year’s arrival of the good Saint Sinterklaas (the bearded guy who brings us presents to celebrate his birthday on 5th December) was preceded by a nationwide debate about whether or not it’s appropriate for him to have black helpers…

Honey almond speculaas pie

gevulde speculaas

Sinterklaas is to the Dutch what Santa Claus is to the Americans and 5th December here is what 24th is in America. The two saints might look somewhat similar (red cloths, white beard) but it is Sinterklaas who is the…

Split pea soup

Split pea soup

The Elfstedentocht was cancelled. We were this close! Even the date was set (last Sunday) and hundreds of volunteers were sweeping the snow off the ice and transplanting ice to places were it was not thick enough. And I imagine…

Speculaas

Speculaasjes

You may be surprised to hear this but: Santa Claus is not real! You see, he’s a mere copy of the real thing, which is Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas was here first! Sinterklaas who lives in Spain, in a huge house with…